Filmed on Jan 20, 2017
Watch to the end for a surprise ending *woof*
Filmed on Jan 20, 2017
Watch to the end for a surprise ending *woof*
There’s something magical about the glow of a late afternoon.
The low light before sunset is my favorite time of day, and it’s also one that lasts the shortest.
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.
Speaking of change, it’s a new year, and I’m sharing a new look that I’ve been dawning lately.
New year, different look, same awkward me.
I like the simplicity in this because, to me, gold can be overdone. Anything that’s big and gold already makes a statement, so I like wearing this look with a clean white top for a white + gold color scheme, which I think is very chic.
In essence, this is a minimalist look with touches of gold to help you shine and glow. Everything from the clothing to the make up is all very simple to emphasize the glitter and gold. This is a style that I would dawn on to parties and celebrations like New Year’s Eve, weddings, and birthdays.
Speaking of birthdays, mine is in a couple weeks, and I’m already feeling that “24”K magic. 🥂
It’s going to be a very special birthday for me this year.
I’m calling it my “Gold Birthday” because (1) I’m turning 24, and I personally am alluding that to 24K gold, (2) my birthday this year is a couple days after Chinese New Year, and (3) this birthday will be my second “Golden Year,” meaning that it’s the zodiac cycle that I was born in: the Year of the Rooster. The gist of it is, 2017 is supposed to bring me lots good fortune and wealth. 🙏
Culturally, Chinese people love good fortune and wealth, and Chinese New Year is basically all about setting yourself up for that. I personally think that the truths within these superstitions is irrelevant. The way I see it, it is like Santa Claus on Christmas. We all know the truth about Santa, but it’s uplifting and fun to have the spirit of belief.
Anyways, I’ve always been drawn to the color gold, and I aesthetically prefer gold over silver. Even more so lately, I have been loving gold because of the New Year, Chinese New Year, and my 24th “Gold” Birthday coming up. For sure, I’ll be wearing this look again soon. For Chinese New Year, I’ll add a pop of Red the symbolize the good fortune and keep the Gold to get the wealth. 😉
Get my look below. I explain the details of my minimal gold make up look and also link: the gold choker, cuff earrings (only $3), custom initial bracelet (only $12), my gold make up & nails, the white off-shoulder top, and more. ⤵
Whew! The past few weeks of this December weather has been a whirlwind! Down here in Texas, it literally feels like we experienced all four seasons in less than a month. ❄️🍂🌱🌼 The first few weeks, December felt a lot like early autumn, but it quickly turned into a freezing Winter, and then it started to warm up and felt like Autumn all over again, and finally, starting a couple days ago, it felt like Spring got here before the new year! 🌱
It reached 80*F, and I certainly enjoyed the couple days of warm weather: I went on many outdoor runs and spent a good chunk of the past Christmas weekend outside the house, driving downtown to explore the city, picnicking, dog walks, you name it. 🐾 I am loving this warm winter, but I can’t help but wonder: if it’s already this warm in December, what is the weather going to be like when Spring actually arrives!? ☀️😱
Luckily, the days before 2017 is bringing us cooler weather, and although I normally prefer warm over cold weather, I want it to be cold outside partially because of this one particular red parka coat. I got it as an early Christmas gift this year, meaning it’s brand new, and I barely had the chance to wear it yet. 😭 But maybe with this change of weather I’ll be walking in an Autumnal Wonderland again (versus Winter Wonderland — get it? Well, I tried…) 🍁❄️
When I saw this coat in-stores on the hanger, it was pretty much love at first sight. 😍 It instantly reminded me of my favorite childhood story: “Little Red Riding Hood.” When I was a kid, my dad would tell me that story by heart almost every night before bed. He’d also read me other stories from children books, but when it came to “Little Red Riding Hood,” he told it all from memory, so of course there were some personal touches in his version, which is the version that I grew up knowing. Plus, my dad would tell it all in Chinese, so to this day, I still prefer saying “小红帽,” which translate literally into Little Red Hat, over Little Red Riding Hood.
Wearing this red parka not only keeps me comfy and cozy, but it also makes me feel like I’m in a fairytale: Little Red Riding Hood and… *gasp,* what she did to the Big Bad Wolf? 🐺
No, it’s faux fur, of course! ❤
I guess I also have my on spin on the story, and the version that I’m living in is more like “Little Red Riding Hood and The Small Cute Lion.” 🦁
I guess I’m still waiting for my Big Bad Wolf to come along. 🐺 😹
Then again, I’ve encountered a number wolves in the past, and it’d always end up something like this:
Losing him was blue like I’d never known
Missing him was dark grey all alone
Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
This scenery reminds me of T-Swift’s song “Red”
See what I did there? 😉 Honestly, though, the moment I saw the fallen pine from the redwoods 🌲, that T-Swift’s song popped immediately into my head. Now it’s stuck there, and I can’t stop playing it.
Maybe I should pass on any more wolves and find myself a Big Good Lion to keep my company alongside Mei Mei, my Small Cute Lion. 🦁
This coat looks great, makes me feel like I’m living a fairytale, but it is also very importantly, so comfortable to wear. In search of the perfect red parka coat, I’ve tried a number of them, and I can’t get over how warm and snug this particular one is. The inside is lined, the stitching is well-done, and the sleeves are cuffed to protect your arms from the cold. Other coats I’ve tried did not have those details, which I think make a huge difference.
This red parka was also one of the more affordable coats I’ve tried, especially considering its high quality. I did find coats that were both more and less expensive, but the cheaper ones were so itchy and did not keep me as warm, and the more expensive ones were seemed overpriced. Better yet, I was able to grab this particular red parka on sale for 60% off its original price of $280. If you want this red parka, you better act quick because they’re running out super fast. Last time I checked in stores, they were sold out, and online, there’s only a few left: click here, here, and here.
I wore this coat with a sweater inside, stretchy jeggings, and 4-inch heel Tommy Hilfiger boots. These boots are so well-made, and although they look uncomfortable, their plush cushioned sole and comfortable ankle support makes it easy to walk in them for hours, and we’re talking about me: the kind of girl who takes off her heels in the middle of a party and ends up leaving barefoot. I’m all about designer heels, but I will not sacrifice comfort for style when it comes to shoes, so if I found a heel that’s fashionable and wearable, you know it has to be comfortable! 😉
More links + the rest of my outfit details below. I did all the research for you into scoring the best deals for the best red parka coat, the best autumn/winter boots, and the best jeggings, so definitely check it out!
Merry Christmas! 🎄 Ho-ho-hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend! 🎅
I ho-ho-hosted a Holiday Squat Party, and we worked on our ham’s to work off that holiday “ham”! (I actually don’t even eat ham, but I mean “ham” in figurative sense that represents any sort of holiday feast, but I digress…)
Here is the video of our “Holiday Squat Party.” It’s awesome, so be prepared.
Press play for some hot holiday cheer! 🔥
When I watch this video, I am literally in the backseat laughing, because it’s sort of cheesy, and I’m the only one wearing a Santa hat, making me feel like the oddball out. I feel embarrassed, but at the same time, I’m getting a real kick out of it. What can I say, I enjoy a good laugh at myself. 😹
Seriously though, life is too short to live in shame! Just get out there and be yourself, even if it’s goofy and eccentric. I’m constantly surprising myself with the way I behave sometimes, but life is just so much more fun when you’re not afraid of embarrassing yourself. 😉
Enjoy the video, have a laugh, and be inspired to sweat in between your feasts this holiday season! 💪🍗🍠
And let me know: what are your favorite moments in this workout video?
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 🎄
Get comfy, keep cozy, and stay chic all season long with this plaid pajama shirt-dress. It’s made out of 100% cotton flannel, so it’s soft and will keep you warm without the need for a ton of layers. The pajama dress hits just above the knee, which means extra comfort because no pants necessary. 😉 Add a pair of fuzzy holiday-red slippers, fresh homemade cookies, and a hot cuppa in your hands, and you’ll be comfy, cozy, and stylish not just on Christmas morning but all season long. ❤️
🎄Ahhh…! Who’s excited for tomorrow?!
I’m not! 🙅🏻
Not because I’m the mean old grinch 🐲, but because I don’t want the season to be over! 😭 Basically I want it to be Christmas Eve every eve until Spring comes and then we can talk about taking down the holiday decorations… 🙄 Well, I know that I’m leaving the decor up until at least Chinese New Year. 😹🎋
🎄 Speaking of holiday decor, when decorating the tree, do you go with white or rainbow lights? 🤷🏻♀️ I think a white light Christmas tree is so chic and classy, and it’s especially trendy now. ✨ This year, I was so tempted to go all white lights, but I remembered that this season is all about memories, at least to me. 💭 I grew up with a colorfully litted tree every Christmas, and so I decided to go with the rainbow lights in the end. 🌈 Even if it looks a little bit tacky, it makes me happy! ☺️🎄
Which lights do you prefer? Color or no? Tacky or classy? 😹
Anyways, even though I’m not looking forward to the holidays ending, I am, however, looking forward to opening presents tomorrow! 🎁 For the past years on Christmas morning, I just wear some pajama pant and a random old t-shirt, which I realize looks so sloppy in the Christmas photos, so this year, I’m attempting to not only be comfy, cozy, but also stylish. I think this cute plaid pajama shirt-dress will help me avoid looking like a slob on Christmas morning. 😂 Not only is it chic, it’s also important comfortable and affordable! Click here or down below↓ to find out where I got the pajamas and everything else I’m wearing.
Although I think this flannel shirt-dress pajama is cute, sometimes cute can come off as dorky or tacky, so, to add an edgy flare, I accessorized with a little something that may be a surprise for some of you…
I got my cartilage pierced? Nope! 😉 It’s a cuff earring!
Ever since I was a teenager, I had always wanted to get my cartilage pierced, but my mom was totally against it. She told me that I’d regret it when I’m an adult. Well, now I am an adult, but I’ve become too chicken to get my cartilage pierced because maybe I’ll regret when I’m even older! 😹 Luckily, I discovered cuff earrings. I love them because they’re such an easy way to accessorize your ears without the pain and possible regret of getting your cartilage pierced. It adds an edgy “cool girl” touch to any outfit. Like I said, this flannel pajama can come off as dorky, so the ear cuff balances it out. ✨ Link to where I got this cute gold ear cuff is here or down below! It comes with a set of 3 for under $4!
This shirt-dress is made out of 100% cotton flannel, so it’s soft, and it will keep you warm without the need for a ton of extra layers. The pajama shirt is extra long and hits just above the knee, which means extra comfort because no pants necessary! 😉
This is basically me when I don’t have to wear pants.
Accessorize with some casual cool cuff earrings for touch of edginess and an optional velvet Santa hat if you’re feelign festive. Add fuzzy warm holiday-red slippers for warmth and cookies + tea for extra coziness.
Keep on reading for the outfit details & links!
Happy Holidays! 🎄 I hope you enjoy the little holiday greeting yoga video that I posted below (scroll down). It captures a yoga flow that is truly special to me because I filmed it on the Christmas Eve of last year, when I’d just returned home from a Christmas dinner party. I was tired from the long drive home, sleepy from being up late, and stuffed from the huge Christmas feast, but the moment I got home and saw those shimmering lights adorned on our humble little Christmas tree, I just felt the need to film some yoga before the holidays were over and irrelevant again.
And so, as I was doing yoga, it was almost midnight, everyone was asleep but me. I was the last one awake in the house, doing yoga, quiet as a mouse…
And so the rest of story goes… ⭐️
‘Twas the night before Christmas,
when all through the house
A wild girl stretches,
quiet as a mouse.
Candles in the window,
shadows painting the ceiling,
gazing at the fire glow,
feeling that gingerbread feeling.
I can see.
Somewhere in my memory,
Christmas joy’s all around me,
living in my memory,
all of the music,
all of the magic,
all of the family home here with me.
The holidays encompass a variety of different celebrations, and it means different things to different people. To me, “the holidays” isn’t a season; it’s a feeling. Similarly, I celebrate Christmas even though I don’t associate with the religious side because I grew up with the holiday, and I enjoy reliving those precious moments. I just love that Christmas feeling.
Every year, Christmas brings back those joyful feelings sitting somewhere in my memory… 💭 Like many others, Christmas and the holidays is the time to reflect and be warm, cozy, and merry. 🔥 It’s the time to strengthen friendships and show appreciation for loved ones. ❤️ It’s the time to just feel all the feelings.
And yes, the “Home Alone” series are one my favorite Christmas movies.
. . .
And to all a good night! 😴
What do the holidays mean to you?
Happy Winter Solstice! ❄️
Although today is the official “First Day of Winter,” the sweater weather down here in Texas sure doesn’t feel like it! 🍂
Actually, it feels like Autumn just started a few weeks ago, and for the upcoming holiday weekend, weather’s going to be in the mid-70s. So much for a white Christmas, right? ⛄ I’m not even a fan of the cold, but I do wish it’d be colder than “sweater weather” on Christmas Eve.
On the bright side, I’m surprised the leaves down South had even changed color! 🍁 Living up north during my college years has made me somewhat disdain autumn in Texas. Ever since, I’d think: fall in Texas can’t even compare to the autumn beauty up North, but this year is the first time in many that I stayed in Texas for the change of weather, and I guess I’d completely forgotten that leaves down here actually do change color, too. Of course, the foliage here is nowhere as impressive as a northern autumn, but it’s still very nice.
Point is, I might as well take this autumn weather in December as a way to enjoy the outdoors, and this comfy-n-chic outfit is perfect for an autumn stroll! It features a chunky knit gray sweater, the comfiest black leggings, and cushioned slip-on walking shoes. Last but not last, I top this outfit off with a vibrant (and also comfortable) silk scarf for extra warmth and a pop of color that makes this outfit instantly chic.
Speaking of this scarf, it’s my favorite! I adore the pattern, the bright orange color, and how it can easily transform a “blah” outfit to an exciting one that looks even a bit expensive. It is definitely one of my wardrobe staples, and every time I wear it, I get asked by friends and strangers where I bought it. Well, where I bought the scarf is a simply story: in Shanghai, China, but the story on how I bought the scarf is an interesting one.
I was with some high school friends, and we all somehow found one another in Shanghai of all places, and we were shopping at one of those malls in China known for selling contraband and cheap “luxury” goods. It also one of those malls where you’re supposed to haggle for the price. When I saw this silk scarf, I knew that I had to have it because it looks so expensive and luxurious, and I felt like I could get it for a non-expensive price. The shop owner knew I was a foreigner because native Chinese rarely shop at those places, and so she was willing to sell the scarf to me for something around $15-20 USD, which is ridiculous in China, especially at one of those sorts of shop. She was telling me how it was real silk and everything, but you can never really trust those people; I once had a shop owner tell me a belt she was selling was made of real horse hair, and when I told her I don’t wear fur, she said, “OH no, I was joking! It’s actually fake horse hair!” 🙄
Anyways, I was haggling for this scarf so intensely that I got in a heated argument with the store owner. I eventually bluffed and said I didn’t want the scarf, hoping the store owner was of those people who would cave in and sell it to me at the price that I wanted. Nope. She was so stubborn and quite mean! I left that shop, hoping that I’d find the a similar scarf elsewhere in the mall, but I couldn’t find anything like it, so my friends and I went of our way just to find that little shop in the corner again. I told the shop owner, I’ll take the scarf, but before I handed her the cash, I stated in Chinese, “If you want you customers to return, you should be nicer to them. I’m buying this scarf today, but I’m never coming back in the future.” She looked at me stunned, and then we exchanged the goods, and I left. 😂
Not your everyday scarf-buying story, eh? Hahaha. I don’t even remember the exact price I bought this scarf, but it doesn’t matter because I am glad I did! It’s not only my favorite scarf, but it also has quite the back story! Don’t you love having stuff like that?
I got the rest of the items I’m wearing in the U.S., so no more interesting stories. 😉 I got the gray knit sweater from Banana Republic a couple years ago, but I think it’s no longer in stock. Good news is, I found a few sweaters that are very similar, ranging from $20-60!! So definitely check those out below. ⤵
I’m also wearing my favorite comfiest black leggings again, which is no surprise because I basically live in either pajama pants, pajama shorts, or leggings. 😂 I said in a previous post how annoying it was for me to find a pair of black leggings that is: comfortable, high-quality, and affordable, but I found them! I love these black leggings because of the soft, stretchy material that is not see-through, and because they have a nice thick waist band that sit comfortably below the waist. You can shop the exact leggings I’m wearing in the photos below! I linked a few because they make different waist lines and such, and you can choose what you personally like best.
Last, my go-to walking shoes! I take these shoes wherever I travel because they are so comfortable to walk in. They may not be the prettiest shoe ever made, but I think they are pretty stylish for a walking shoe. If I’m just doing some simple strolling and nothing that requires me to run or jump, I’d rather wear these over my bulky sneakers.
You can also view the stuff here.
Check them out, and I hope you find these links helpful! 🙂
Thanks for reading! And Happy Holidays!
…plus the most comfortable pair of black leggings! Not to mention super affordable too! (And yes, when it comes to the ‘Are leggings pants?’ debate, you can guess which camp I’m in. 😉 #LeggingsArePantsToo)
This blog post recaps Black Friday, which was nearly a month ago, but, as I always say, better late than never!
I’m also trying something a little different in this post and will be sharing a couple outfit details today! I’m so excited to do this because I’ve been wanting to blog more about my personal fashion style for some time now. Of course, I will never stop blogging about the typical fitness and sharing my healthy recipes, and fashion will likely never become the main focus on my blog because: (1) I don’t consider myself to be a major fashionista — I’d rather stay home and watch The Office than watch some runway show, (2) I always prefer comfort over style, and (3) fitness and food is and will always be more first and foremost love over fashion!
With that said, my approach to quote-on-quote “fashion” is all about comfort, style, and affordability; I’m all about looking somewhat expensive with quality clothing that were bought for an affordable price. Since I spend time searching for the best deals out there, I thought I might as well just share what I find on my blog to perhaps help some girls out! Plus, I think it’d just be fun to share my outfits here and there! 🙂 👗 And so, this blog post features some “beta” outfits, and by that I mean, nothing fancy or complicated, just testing this sort of post out with some straightforward clothing.
Some of my favorite items that I’m sharing today are my favorite pair of what I think is the most comfortable black leggings (that are also super affordable), and my go-to classic denim jacket that makes any comfy outfit instantly chic.
More outfit details can be found in the jump below!
Black Friday, Part 1: The Non-Conventional and Fun Way to do Black Friday
Typical Black Friday shopping means getting out of bed super early (or, in some cases, skipping the pumpkin pie 🍮 on Thanksgiving to drive to the outlet mall and shop until 3AM — crazy, but I know people who actually did this! 😱) to score the best deals in fashion, electronics… basically anything besides Christmas trees. 🌲
On the contrary, my Black Friday looked more like this: slept in from eating all that turkey & yams the night before, and spent my morning doing yoga to detox from the Thanksgiving feast and stretch out my super sore muscles. I did a crazy intense full-body workout on Thanksgiving day, and I could barely feel my legs that morning!
(Notice in the photo on the right: that Mei Mei and I were both doing down dog at the same time! Totally unplanned, and I’ve always wanted a photo like that with her! 🐶 #PartnerYoga)
After yoga, I finally headed out to do some Black Friday shopping, and by that, I mean, heading to Lowes with my dad to pick out this year’s Christmas tree! 🌲 I mean, who goes shopping on Black Friday to shop for Christmas trees and holiday wreaths? This girl and her papa, right here, that’s who. 🙋
Because Lowes is dog-friendly, I of course had to bring along Mei Mei to help us select the finest-smelling tree! We like our Christmas tree smelling extra piney. 🌲
And because there’s a Pet Smart in the same shopping park, we first stopped by that store. Yup, dog food + Christmas tree shopping: totally the sort of exciting, deal-breaking shopping you’d typically do on Black Friday. 😂 At least there were no lines! 😉
Wafflin’ on this Wednesday to celebrate my new Website design! 🎉 Woot!
Since launching this VivianTang.Co a few months ago, I’ve been frustrated by clunky it was just to scroll through the site. Personally, when I visit a blog that’s new to me, I first browse through the entire site, as oppose to reading each of the post individually, as I’m sure many of y’all likewise do.
Therefore, it was very important to me that this website could be smoothly scrolled through. I wanted to have my posts displayed in a grid layout, making it much easier to browse through all of my posts starting from today to March 2015. Wow, has it really been that long since I’ve been blogging?
Anyways, despite the fact that I took 2.5 years of computer science courses throughout high school and some in college, my coding skills are still rather elementary, and I by no means am a pro at website design. What can I say, computer science was hardly my favorite subject, and thus I never retain any of the information. Woops. 🤷
Point is, I wasn’t quite sure how to create the blog format that I wanted my website to have, but last night, I finally decided to give it a go, delved into the CSS, and twinked the code a bit. Turns out, displaying all my posts into grid format wasn’t too hard to do!
That’s not to say it didn’t take me a couple hours though… Remember my coding skills aren’t amazing. Lol.
I know the changes to my website layout isn’t a drastic one, but I think the small change makes big difference because now readers can easily browse through my blog like a magazine! ☺️✨
Let me know what you think, and if you browse my new site carefully enough, you might just discover who’s the hottest b*tch on Instagram! 😹 Seriously though, I worked hard on the new site layout so do take a look! ❤️
Anyhow, these waffles are from Saturday morning, when I slept in until 11am and woke up to the smell of crispy, hot vanilla oatmeal waffles! These waffles are a secret recipe of mine. Despite being 100% whole grain and oil-free, they have a chewy interior and crispy exterior. If I had my own cafe, I would definitely serve these! ☕
That Saturday was particularly special to me because it Mei Mei’s Birthday! I’ll share more from that fun, happy day in another post!
🌹 🍵 ❤️